CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Discovery's astronauts are surveying
their ship for signs of launch damage, but the job is being
complicated by the failure of the space shuttle's big dish antenna.
The antenna failed to operate after Discovery blasted into orbit
Monday. That leaves the seven astronauts with no way to send or
receive big packages of information, like the laser images of the
shuttle's wings and nose being collected early Tuesday morning.
Normally, these images are sent immediately to Mission Control.
Commander Alan Poindexter and his crew are storing the data on
40-minute tapes. The tapes will be fed into a computer, and the
information will be relayed once the shuttle reaches the
International Space Station on Wednesday.